Farming For a Better Climate Newsletter - Winter 2020-21 (No.21)
Five ways a carbon footprint could help your farm business
Carbon emissions represent a loss to the business which could be costing you money.
Here are five benefits to the business from knowing your carbon footprint:
- It provides another way to look at your business. Farms with low carbon footprints are often the most efficient and profitable.
- It gives you a starting point or baseline measurement, helping you to track emissions year on year.
- It identifies which areas of the farm business are producing most emissions, giving you ideas on which activities to tackle first for maximum savings.
- It shows how you compare with similar businesses in your sector*. Are you doing really well at something compared to your peers, or are there things which could be done more profitably?
- It shows your customers that you are taking steps towards low carbon measures and supporting Scotland's climate change ambition.
We have used the free carbon footprinting tool offered by Agrecalc©; other footprinting tools are available; either way it is important to stick to the same tool so as you can compare year on year changes.
There is a range of practical ways you can reduce emissions on our webpages where you can also find more information about carbon footprinting. Funding is available to complete a carbon audit through the Scottish Farm Advisory Service.
Other articles in the Winter 2020-21 Newsletter include:
- What's been happening?
- What are other farmers doing?
- Improving resilience at Balcaskie Estate
- Maximising production from forage at East Fingask
- Planning planting - agroforestry
- The challenge ahead
- Updates from the Soil Regenerative Agriculture Group
- Trialling a stripper header
- Getting to grips with grain analysis
- Working with wheat varieties
- Costing out cover crops
- Farming for a Better Climate podcasts
- Beef; practical ideas to reduce emissions
- Assessing farm energy use
- Be part of the conversation
- Balancing the nitrogen books
- Sorting out slurry
- Top efficiency tips
- Dairying; learning from others
- Farming woodlands
- Protecting peatlands
- Changing Climate, changing food?
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